Maritime Area Planning legislation approved by Irish parliament

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21 December, 2021

The Maritime Area Planning Bill 2021 has passed all stages of the Oireachtas (parliament) as of 17 December 2021. This Bill represents the biggest reform of marine governance since the foundation of the State, with a legal and administrative framework to support a marine environment that Ireland can use, enjoy and benefit from socially, environmentally and economically.

The full text of the Maritime Area Planning Bill 2021 and accompanying Explanatory Memorandum were published on Monday 16 August 2021. The Maritime Area Planning Bill establishes in law a new marine planning system, underpinned by a statutory Marine Planning Policy Statement and guided by the National Marine Planning Framework. This legislation foresees the establishment of a comprehensive and coherent planning system for the entire Maritime Area. The new regime will consist of a development management regime from the high water mark to the outer limit of the State's continental shelf.

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